From The Range to The Course!

Posted by JJGOLF on July 30, 2015

From The Range to The Course!

Jul 30, 2015

"There's a big difference in terms of training vs. performing. Recognizing the difference, is the first place of business" - James Jordan  

 Students, Friends & Golfers:

       This months topic is one that will determine the outcome of your total performance in your golf round. The so call "SCORE" that is often overlooked. Even some of my competitive juniors, high school / collegiate players, and professionals I coach are overlooking the difference in what they work on vs. how they approach their round. A transformation in total score only happens when the work (swing change, short game work, health and or fitness, meditation or sources for positive affirmations) is thought of less once game time comes...


  It's challenging to differentiate range work (with limited thought on the course) from the new change your coach and or you figured out. I believe it's important you know the difference. Through the thousands I've been fortunate to work with and time spent competing in the past, I know that professionals and the best Amateurs in the game play a different game then on the range. There's a time and place for block practice (practicing an implementation I.E. Grip/Stance/Take Away/Wrist Condition/Setup/Pivot/Balance E.t.c) in where you work on the constant change over and over again. That is a very important part of learning what could, would and should happen. 


  At a certain point, the suggestive ideas and thoughts you have from working with your coach and self need to be limited come 1st tee (what was that you said about the golfers protein bar James) and during the round.

     There's always going to be a point where there's 1-3 ideas (if there's anymore quit or fire me as your coach) being implemented. There's nothing wrong with that during a lesson session or post lesson self range session. To become comfortable with the uncomfortable is the idea. To train and ingrain is necessary with any sport. Most need constant coaching through the change to be repeated over and over at the right speed athletically. Then over time, a sense of familiarity in brain and body merge in togetherness showing more success. Then... We take it to the course... 


      Ahh... The transformation in seeing the results from the hard off course work pay off. Probably the hardest part of the game, when it comes to seeing the signed score in that 19th box on the card. We have to know WHY we aren't hitting it and or scoring as well as we did in our practice sessions. I can think of quite a few students (even a certain someone who's won 14 majors) not seeing that success these days. What, Why and HOW... 

      First, we have to take a look at our ways of taking new practice and ideas to our rounds. New changes rather. One should be far less cognizant of their changes while playing a round for score. How we can do that. 



Play a practice round (no score involved) with a goal from what your new change or goal is. 

NOTE: If you're able to get out late in the day (alone) this would benefit you more. Sometimes grouped with 4, your goal becomes sidetracked. If you can do it with a pairing kudos on your part.

      A raw example would be a grip change. Let's say you and your instructor have decided the change in grip would benefit you from the challenge you've faced. After a session with him (then one on your own) play and entire round with the grip change (regardless of score) to get accustom to the change.  You will always go over more and create more thought in a lesson or practice session than needed. The idea is stick to the specific change and play it. PLAY YOUR CHANGE!

     It would be much easier for you (and your coach) to understand a certain miss or pattern, if you played an entire round with that change on the mind and nothing else. Essentially it will be extracted from thought and you can then focus elsewhere. 


      Ever notice when your coach, friend or instructor suggests a change and you amplify your rhythm? Increase the amount of tension? Still focus on some other un-needed part of the swing (if you've never done this you're my dream student! Let me know and I'll charge you half my rate from here on out!)... You have all the opportunity to keep your rhythm (which essentially compliments your balance and good ball striking) before you hit shots during your round. 

   Utilize your time with practice swings so you feel the fluidity and balance all work athletically. There's a reason most professionals waggle the club (reduce tension and create clubhead awareness) and take a few practice swings on the course. RHYTHM.Do you really see them do that so much on the range? Got you thinking right? Well stop. Back to the point ;). 

     I've asked every level of player I work with about their differentiating physically / mental temperament during their round. Except for a few elite College players and Professionals I work with, most are much faster, forceful and less committed to their original rhythm that showcased better success on the range. 

Hey... I'm not saying you can perfect it and be thoughtless day by day... But could you be better at calming the storm on the range, then possibly equaling a better total rhythm on the course? My goal is to make you more aware. Whether it's fast, slow or medium paced. Be aware of what works.


        Finally PICKING YOUR SPOTS. By now this article may have you winded. Think how I feel knowing you could shoot 2-6-10 shots lower based on your on course performance. I could use a 48 hour nap, let's just leave it at that. What picking your spots means, is once prepared to hit the shot look at the target, then line you want to start your ball on. This is with any shot. Pitch, putt or penetrating iron shot onto the green. The idea of THROUGH the ball is one of the best words brought to my attention years ago. When I work with my best players, they all seem to pick their line and think through to that line. 

      Jack Nicklaus used to look at his target, then look in front of him inches ahead making sure he had the intended line he wanted to start that ball on. Some do it with the club path post impact which is fine. I think they both work hand in hand.  Be aware of your spots and pick a line. Notice on the course where the trouble is. If you pick the spot (conservative target if needed) and are aggressive in your commitment (line) more times than not, you'll showcase a better result.

As we continue the progress in swing work, short game, health, lifestyle (whatever it may be surrounded in this golf journey together) I am excited to hear about your TOTAL performance on the course. It's all a process & goes much further than just crisp contact. Essentially we want both.. Sometimes this area is overlooked. I awoke at 6:00 a.m. and said "TIME TO MAKE MY CHAMPIONS AWARE!" 

    PLAY WELL - James Jordan ;) 

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